Nurse-led telehealth clinics can benefit patients with cancer

A pilot of telehealth consultations has been popular with patients and has reduced the need for frequent hospital visits

Traditional clinical consultations are usually a direct person-to-person interaction with a doctor or nurse in an outpatient setting. Advancing technology allows us to replace traditional follow-up appointments with telehealth services, whereby healthcare professionals can use electronic communication to remotely monitor patients and provide health information. While this is gaining momentum in some areas, it has not been widely introduced in oncology.

Two years ago, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre piloted the substitution of telehealth consultations for the well-established, traditional nurse-led follow-up consultations. Although telehealth consultations have been used in primary healthcare, we couldn’t find evidence of it being used in oncology.

Telehealth trial

We wanted to work out the acceptance and effectiveness of using video consulting technology in clinical settings.

The patients who were selected to trial this method of follow-up were on long-term tyrosine kinase inhibitors for palliative treatment of


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